The Road Taken
In his latest posting, Ricky was quite pointed in his question to the Black and White Movement. By going to bed with the left, is B&W set up for another betrayal?
In my personal opinion, I think the long and short answer to that question is No.
First of all, the statement of solidarity should be taken at face value and nothing more. The consolidation of anti-GMA forces calls for the resignation or removal of Mrs. Arroyo. That is the single aim and purpose of that statement.
It does not ipso facto mean that the middle forces agree to the philosophy and methodology of those whose political views are different or radically opposed to them.
Second, the statement of solidarity is a statement of values, not of policy, which I think no one can disagree with, not even those who straddle in the twin extremes of the political spectrum. Simply put, it is a motherhood statement but only this time, expressed by an aggrupation of people with different modes of belief and thought.
Third, I think the convenors of the Black and White are not as naïve as how Ricky puts it. After all, while it is entirely possible that the movement would prefer a political personality that is more attuned to their political philosophy, ultimately what the movement is fighting for are political, electoral and social reforms which they have previously laid out and which make for a more permanent foothold in the political scheme of things.
In that sense, it is not altogether remote or difficult for the Left to listen to the core values of the Black and White Movement . Moreover, and realistically however, it is quite remote to subscribe to the possibility that the Sison left or the Erap forces will be in a position to take power even if there be a consolidation of all anti-GMA forces. This conclusion is drawn from the experience and the aversion of the middle class and the Filipinos, as a whole, to totalitarian beliefs, whether coming from the right or the left.
And lastly, if I am not mistaken, the solidarity of the anti-GMA forces is not new. It has been a road previously taken although not as prominent as it was highlighted in the Inquirer. The Bukluran sa Katotohanan and the People’s Congress come to mind. In them, I recall Black and White concurring in the values espoused by the organizers.
If the anti-GMA forces have decided to come together for now, it is the reality that the road to truth and justice is long with many a winding turn and as Robert Frost puts it, miles to go before we sleep.